If one asks City of Adelanto Mayor pro tem Jermaine Wright, Sr., what his biggest frustration as a city councilman has been, he is not shy about talking about his first two years on the council when he was often the lone wolf trying to introduce new concepts. That all changed a year ago when a new mayor and two new councilmen were voted into office, giving Wright the majority he needed to help turn the city around.
Wright says he ran for office in 2012 because he was tired of seeing how dirty the city was. “I really felt I could lend a hand in changing how the city looked.” He says that all one had to do was look around and they could see that city funds were going to select areas while code enforcement and streets were being neglected.
“I want our residents to be able to live in comfortable, safe housing. They shouldn’t have to worry if it is safe for their kids to go outside to play. They shouldn’t have to worry about illegal dumping. And they shouldn’t have to worry whether the city is financially stable.”
But, he says, during the first two years he was ineffective. Those with new ideas were shot down. The old regime wanted to maintain the status quo.
Now, though, he can proudly say that the current council did the one thing the former council and other naysayers said couldn’t be done. The council balanced the budget without raising taxes.
“Adelanto’s future is bright. Our current leadership is doing a great job in bringing stability to the city. Adelanto has always been great. It just needed great leaders to pull it out from the quagmire it was in.”
Wright says he wants to see the city come together and work together. “If we work together, Adelanto can be the best the city in the high desert.”
When asked what he wants his legacy to be, he says he is not there to leave a legacy. “I’m not here to be remembered. I’m not here to get my name on a building or statue. I want to fade into the background when I’m finished with my service.”
He says he father always told him to “do what you’re supposed to do and go.” Wright says, “It’s not about me. It’s about the people I serve.
“It is a new day in Adelanto. This council is fighting for them. There will be no more North and South Adelanto.,” Wright concluded. “We will come together as one Adelanto.”
When Wright is not busy serving the residents of Adelanto, he is a partner in a transportation company and he is opening a new barbeque in the city. He is also a husband and father.
Wright and his wife have two biological children and are currently adopting two more children. Over the years as a foster parent, the couple has been mom and dad to 49 other children in need. Wright says those children are welcome to come home if need be. “This will always be home.”